Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4526

About: Mary Shinn covers business and the Durango city government. Shinn started at The Cortez Journal and The Mancos Times in 2013 as the Mancos town reporter.

Before that she was a News21 fellow and worked on a national investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs. News21 is an annual nationwide journalism project funded by the Carnegie-Knight Foundation.

Shinn graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communications in 2013.
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Durango City Council discuses affordable homes vs. legal rights

Condominium developers will have greater protections from lawsuits under a new Durango ordinance that cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday. The Durango City Council voted to support a process...

DATE: April 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Council OKs extra funding for trail near Three Springs

This spring, the city of Durango plans to break ground on a section of pedestrian and cycling trail that will bring residents one mile closer to having a complete link between Three Springs and the...

DATE: April 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students in Durango investigate food waste for Earth Day project

Food is wasted at every step in its production from the farm to dinner tables. To help curb the problem locally, some middle school students are exploring the issue for a mini-documentary. “We...

DATE: April 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango set to buy three new sculptures

From 117 public art applications, a city committee narrowed the field to seven sculptures, and now it’s the community’s turn to weigh in. The top three pieces will join the city’s permanent...

DATE: April 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis students march for decolonization

Carrying signs that announced “decolonizing is healing” and “white supremacy = terrorism” advocates marched up College Drive Saturday. About 40 Fort Lewis College students and community members...

DATE: April 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Feast Day at Fort Lewis College honors pueblo women

Pottery, storytelling, dance, song and other more contemporary aspects of pueblo culture were celebrated Friday at the third annual Pueblo Feast Day at Fort Lewis College. “We just want to show...

DATE: April 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College students push for a decolonized world

Fort Lewis College students want to remind Durango of the persistent effects of colonization. The Durango Decolonization March and Roll on Saturday aims to help attendees realize that many...

DATE: March 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pueblo Feast Day welcomes influential women

Native American students from regional pueblos are coming to Fort Lewis College in increasing numbers, helping to give rise to the Pueblo Alliance and the annual Pueblo Feast Day, now in its third...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Mayor’s Ball a private party

Durango City Councilors gathering in private would seem to lend itself to a violation of Colorado open meetings’ law, but the first annual Mayor’s Ball on Friday is an exception. The party was...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge prepares for Grand Imperial, a replacement for Railfest

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is heading into a year of expansion with the reopening of the Grand Imperial Hotel, a new general manager and a fresh event to replace Railfest. D&SNG...

DATE: March 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Which Durango sporting goods store is closing?

After 39 years, Hassle Free Sports is closing in early April, and the owner Tommie Peterson is retiring. The business is dissolving, and the building will be sold, said Peterson. “It’s bitter...

DATE: March 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Teen birth, poverty rates fall in La Plata County

Children and teens could be facing a more healthful and prosperous future because poverty and dropout rates are falling in the La Plata County. The rate of children living in poverty fell from 15...

DATE: March 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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